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449 Ratings


Directed by Dexter Fletcher
United Kingdom, United States, 2019
Biography, Drama, Music


The story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2019 | Out of Competition

Academy Awards

2020 | Winner: Best Music (Original Song)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2020 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

2020 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

2020 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

What a pleasure it is to see a widescreen rock ‘n’ roll quasi-musical and period piece in which every scene and sequence has been thought through at the level of individual shots, and where every idea glides kinetically into every other idea.
June 16, 2019
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As for the movie’s content, “Rocketman” attributes John’s rise to fame to killer piano skills and the usual self-help aphorisms (the singer is advised to “kill the person you were born to be in order to become the person you want to be”; ponder that for a moment).
May 17, 2019
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This is a genre-bending musical biopic that reworks Elton John’s greatest hits into dazzling choreographed setpieces. While Rocketman does occasionally feel contrived – with the early childhood scenes bordering on formulaic – the musical numbers are its greatest strength and add unexpected surrealism.
May 17, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Rocketman

    The life of Elton John from childhood to recovery is captured in this quite wonderful film that has a wonderfully, quirky nature that embraces the most fanciful of musical film tropes. This might be the best of its kind since Parker's take on 'The Wall'. Wonderfully cast and choreographed throughout even when it plays with facts and time.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Rocketman

    Taron Egerton gives an incredible transformative performance as the legendary Elton John in this tour de force that feels like Fellini made a musical about the life of Elton John. Honestly one of the best edited films I've seen in a long time and an all around well made film from the casting to the style. A fresh look at the bio pic that isn't the watered down carbon copy shit. Raw and emotional, I smell Oscars.

  • f-nanda's rating of the film Rocketman

    I was crying on the trailers already. This is a mix of evertyhing amazing: Elton, musical and Taron. Jamie Bell and Richard Madden? GIMME GIMME GIMME all of them! I left the theater wanting to see it again already. I cannot express in words how amazing I thought this was, sue me. Even if I thought some things could have been more explored, it was amazing.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Rocketman

    Everything Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't and all the better for it. Solves the typical biopic problem of narrative at the expense of facts by situating the story as memory (and subjective), which also allows for some deliciously surreal sequences. Feels like a resurgence of the Tommy/Wall rock opera hyperstylisation, but somehow smarter and more engaging. Every song renditon is better than the last. Best musical in years?

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Rocketman

    The stretch featuring the relationship between Elton and Bernie is the most original element about this fairly conventional biopic. If more proof is needed, just rewatch the ‘Your Song’ number, which is the most grounded, and for my money, the best by a mile. Despite the artifice infused by the fantastical sequences, the beats we got used to after four decades of music biopics are all there and all the same (cont'd)

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Rocketman

    Probably the best way you could conduct a movie about the wild life of Elton John is to make it a musical with light psychoanalysis and that's just what "Rocketman" does. It ditches many of the missteps of a biopic by bringing a surreal, high energy to the singer's many recognizable songs, and it helps to have an actor as talented as Taron Egerton headlining. The titular sequence is both beautiful and haunting.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Rocketman

    Both ‘Bohemain Rhapsody’ and ‘Rocketman’ have become tabloid popular biopic fodder for Brit 70s/80s pop/rock scene. It succeeds as a crowd-pleaser that plays on Elton’s ‘difficult’ but charismatic star stereotype. EJ did manage to break ground in developing mainstream acceptance for LGBTQ rights, and it does tackle big issues like addiction and the drawbacks of stardom but the biopic formula makes its arc too comfy.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Rocketman

    What a electrifying, devastating, exhilarating extravaganza this film is! I don't know about Elton John but this earnest biopic tells me about his turbulent life of iridescence which is fulfilled with sex, drug, fucking kitschy glasses. I don't expect that the titular "Rocketman" is such a sad song. It makes me think that "Bohemian Rhapsody" would be better if dir. Fletcher directed all the parts of it. Pure genius.

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